The USRTK FOIA Campaign Against Academics: 40-plus years of public science, research and teaching under assault

As a public-sector research scientist, it was expected and a requirement of my position at the University of Illinois that I collaborate with and solicit the engagement of those working in my field of expertise. University and private sector collaborations are critically essential to ensure the public benefits from the best and most complete understanding of research and emerging commercial developments of any technology.

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Steven Druker: Twisted Truth in Altered Genes Book

Druker exploits misinformation found in a limited selection of cherry-picked studies as the foundation for his unsubstantiated claims intended to scare people away from GMOs and Big Ag. The problem is there is nothing new in his claims.

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Scientist deconstructs Séralini’s PLOS GMO study: ‘Failed attempt at redemption’

As a neuroscientist who works regularly with lab animals, I find these claims baffling. Alison Bernstein, Ph.D. Originally published by the Genetic Literacy Project. Dr. Bernstein is a scientist studying Parkinson’s disease living in Atlanta with her husband, 2 kids and 2 cats. Follow her on her Mommy PhD Facebook page and on Twitter @mommyphd2.

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Failing Grade for IARC Glyphosate Cancer Review

IARC glyphosate cancer review fails on multiple fronts

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10-ways-to-keep-your-food-gmo-free

CNN “UpWave” article: 10 ways to keep your diet GMO-free

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Debunking pseudo science “lab testing” health risk claims about glyphosate (Roundup)

“Recently claims of adverse effects caused by glyphosate have begun to appear. Although none of the reports has proven credible, it appears that these reports are part of a deliberate campaign to create the False impression that glyphosate is highly toxic and harmful as a basis of calling for bans…”

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Reuters' Gillam earns failing grade, again, for coverage of GMO science issues

Reuters’ Gillam earns failing grade, again, for coverage of GMO science issues

Reuters’ Carey Gillam repeated citing of false claims ignores the robust global consensus on the safety of crops improved through biotechnology, earning her another failing grade for accuracy and science journalism.

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Why Consumers Pay More for Organic Foods? Fear Sells and Marketers Know it.

An academic review of more than 25 years of market research, marketing tactics and government programs driving sales in the organic and natural product industries

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CNN Health earns D- grade

CNN Health article ignores overwhelming scientific consensus on GMO safety: D-

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Turning Science into a Circus: The New Yorker, Rachel Aviv and Tyrone Hayes

Turning Science into a Circus: The New Yorker, Rachel Aviv and Tyrone Hayes

Syngenta may have good reason to feel it was treated unfairly, even dishonestly, in the New Yorker article. The real damage, however, is that such shoddy journalism debases the public’s understanding of how science should be conducted and the importance of non-politicized, sound science-based regulatory systems to protect consumers

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USDA ERS 2014 GE Crops Report

Grading the Science: USDA’s Economic Research Report & Coverage by Reuters

Grading the Science: USDA’s Economic Research Report A- & Coverage by Reuters D

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Beneficial insects not harmed by GM crops

Feedstuffs Food Link article on GMOs and beneficial insects earns A for science

A LARGE body of literature has shown that genetically modified (GM) plants that produce proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) to protect themselves from insect pests have little to no effect on a wide range of non-target insects.

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Tufts University statement on Golden Rice Research

Multiple reviews found no concerns related to the integrity of the study data, the accuracy of the research results or the safety of the research subjects. In fact, the study indicated that a single serving of the test product, Golden Rice, could provide greater than 50 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A in these children, which could significantly improve health outcomes if adopted as a dietary regimen.

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A critical assessment of the paper ‘GM Soy: Sustainable? Responsible?’

In 2010, Antoniou et al published a paper entitled GM Soy: Sustainable? Responsible? This made a number of claims of alleged negative impacts associated with the global use of genetically modified (GM) soybeans on human and animal health, on environmental safety and on socio-economic status. This briefing note examined and assessed the main claims in this paper.

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Dr. Oz and Academics Review in the New Yorker

The Trouble with Dr. Oz by Michael Specter in the New Yorker Magazine.

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Tyrone Hayes

Tyrone Hayes: The infamous “gay frog” creating “IDGAF!” Berkley professor, movie star and litigation consultant is now profiled under individuals on Academics Review.

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Dr. Oz Presents Highly Inaccurate Information

We urge Dr. Oz to make an immediate public statement disavowing these misleading health claims promoted by his show, and we urge his program promoters, sponsors and distributors (including: Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios and Sony Pictures Television Distribution) to reevaluate their continued involvement with this or any programs which promote such baseless and irresponsible health claims.

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Letter to Dr. Oz Show Producers by Bruce Chassy, PhD

I am compelled to again voice my concerns regarding the potential violation by Dr. Oz of medical ethics and high risk of misrepresentation of human health information by the Dr. Oz Show with regard to GMOs.

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Scientists Smell A Rat In Fraudulent Study

Maybe we have reached a turning point where the media will finally realize that they have been played for years by expert professional con-men. Not only was there never any plausible scientific reason to believe that genetically engineered crops posed risks any different from other crops, but hundreds of risk-assessment experiments and vast cultivation and consumption of them provides a high level of confidence about their safety and usefulness.

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Letter to the National Academy of Sciences on the National Research Council project: Genetically-Engineered Crops: Past Experience and Future Prospects

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Academics Review Multimedia Gallery Updated

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New Site Pushes Peer-Reviewed Science Over Misinformation

AcademicsReview.org launches with point-by-point analysis of Jeffrey Smith’s claims against GM foods and genetic engineering, holding each up to peer-reviewed, international science. The founders, two professors from the United States and Australia, invite other scientists to join the mission.

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Food Safety: Focus on Real Risks, Not Fake Ones

Food Safety: Focus on Real Risks, Not Fake Ones

Disease microbes, nutrient shortages and lack of access are greatest threats, not biotechnology. Contamination of fish and meat with parasites, or grains with mold toxins, are also significant food health hazards.

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Jeffrey Smith

Jeffrey Smith: False Claims Unsupported by Science

Jeffrey Smith has gained fame for claiming biotech foods are dangerous, but  none of his claims are based on sound science. Smith has no discernible scientific training  yet makes 65 such claims in his book Genetic Roulette. Click here for a point-by-point response based on peer-reviewed science.

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